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Back from SXSW!

Holman returned yesterday from a very successful and thrilling trip to Austin, Texas for SXSW Interactive.

Holman’s “Core Conversation”, entitled Build a Life, Not A Resume, was fully committed, with both the registration list and the waiting list full. Though the room had an official capacity of 50 people, we managed to cram in about 62 eager participants!

Holman had the pleasure of presenting with Nathan Gebhard of Roadtrip Nation. We talked about why everyone should build a life—not a resume—through a lively discussion that explored the importance of integrating what you love into your work. You are not just your job title! Here’s the sign outside our room (we were on Tuesday at 11:00 a.m.):

Star Wars Epic Yarns - SXSW - Build a Life Not A Resume Sign

And here’s Holman and Nate in action. Holman had his felt figures covered with a scarf, and did a figure reveal halfway through the presentation to “oohs”, “aahs” and flashbulbs!

Star Wars Epic Yarns - SXSW - Nate and Holman

Here’s the enthusiastic audience:

Star Wars Epic Yarns - SXSW - Build a Life Not A Resume 2

Star Wars Epic Yarns - SXSW - Build a Life Not A Resume

Holman also got to attend some great Interactive sessions as well, including the panel discussion on the 20-year anniversary of Toy Story, the world’s first feature-length CGI film. Here’s Pete Doctor explaining how he figured out how to animate the movements of some of the toys by flopping around a real-life, loose-limbed doll:

Star Wars Epic Yarns - SXSW - Toy Story Panel

There was lots of other fun had, including watching Nate speak at 20×2, where he had 2 minutes to answer the question “What Choice Did You Have?”, and a late dinner with Albee, Cathy and Allie from Chronicle Books at Easy Tiger.

Star Wars Epic Yarns - SXSW - Nate at 20x2

Star Wars Epic Yarns - SXSW - Easy Tiger

Thanks to the good folks at Chronicle Books for pitching this event! It was a great time down in Austin, and can’t wait to go to “South By” again!

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